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18048/Amaravati Express
अमरावती एक्सप्रेस     अमरावती एक्सप्रेस

VSG/Vasco-da-Gama --> HPT/Hosapete Junction (Hospet)

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No RSA ; 3 Dedicated rakes .
Rating: 2.3/5 (106 votes)
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Sep 28 2016 (11:48PM)   18047/Amaravati Express (PT) | HWH/Howrah Junction (23 PFs)

pandit231986   1 blog posts
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Sir this train always remains full even after booking ticket before one month of departure. Please make it daily

  
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Yesterday (2:00PM)
24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~   5901 blog posts   609 correct pred (66% accurate)
Re# 2005351-1            Tags   Past Edits
Sep 29 2016 (2:02PM)
PS: We here are Railfans who have tried their best by writing grievances but no positive reply from Railway officials
Forget about daily they won't even make it a 24 coach train.
PS: We here are Railfans who have tried their best by writing grievances but no positive reply from Railway officials.
  
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Sep 24 2016 (10:45PM)   18048/Amaravati Express

Pavankumar2717   5231 blog posts   400 correct pred (76% accurate)
Entry# 2001325            Tags   Past Edits
Sep 24 2016 (10:46PM)
Train Tag: Amaravati Express/18048 added by Pavankumar2717/890420
Heavy trolling by ECOR covered only 83kms in 4hrs after CTC..

  
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Sep 25 2016 (12:16AM)
JBP ET OHE OMG~   3005 blog posts   13 correct pred (46% accurate)
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Baap re 4 ghnte m mere 83 km
Hadd ha

  
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Sep 26 2016 (11:35AM)
Boxer Bhai*^~   33672 blog posts   12149 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Engineering works were conducted by ecor so delay no trolling
  
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Sep 24 2016 (6:33PM)   18047/Amaravati Express (PT) | HWH/Howrah Junction (23 PFs)

24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~   5901 blog posts   609 correct pred (66% accurate)
Entry# 2001110            Tags   Past Edits
Sep 24 2016 (6:34PM)
It had 3 UR coaches but in above the below video there are only 2


Sep 24 2016 (6:33PM)
Station Tag: Vasco-da-Gama/VSG added by 24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~/530177

Sep 24 2016 (6:33PM)
Train Tag: Amaravati Express/18048 added by 24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~/530177
Is one UR coach permanently removed from this train ?
It had 3 UR coaches but in the below video there are only 2.
Recently SWR reduced one coach from each train running in Braganza Ghats such that all of those run with just 20 coaches.
Only Amaravati express was running with 22 coaches including the slip.
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Sep 22 2016 (5:12PM)   18048/Amaravati Express | VSG/Vasco-da-Gama (3 PFs)

24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~   5901 blog posts   609 correct pred (66% accurate)
Entry# 1999126            Tags   Past Edits
Sep 22 2016 (5:16PM)
Station Tag: Howrah Junction/HWH added by 24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~/530177

Sep 22 2016 (5:16PM)
Train Tag: Amaravati Express/18047 added by 24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~/530177

Sep 22 2016 (5:15PM)
Also 18047 today rescheduled from HWH by 5
5 hours
Anyone knows why is 18048 running 4.5 hours late today from VSG itself ?
Also 18047 today rescheduled from HWH by 5.5 hours.

  
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Sep 22 2016 (5:18PM)
Boxer Bhai*^~   33672 blog posts   12149 correct pred (61% accurate)
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Rly work in ecor area, i guess even dibrugarh -ms delayed arrival at ms

  
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Sep 22 2016 (5:19PM)
Sagar Pradhan   121 blog posts
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ECoR Raj too...and its after BHC and before KUR

  
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Sep 22 2016 (7:03PM)
24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~   5901 blog posts   609 correct pred (66% accurate)
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Heard also some works going on at BZA. Maybe that's why 18048 delayed.

  
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Sep 22 2016 (7:25PM)
Afraaz Suhail 🚂🚄🚅~   3375 blog posts   562 correct pred (87% accurate)
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Some work is going on
  
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Sep 16 2016 (4:05PM)   18047/Amaravati Express (PT) | VZM/Vizianagaram Junction (5 PFs)

Pained to know Boeing 777 landcrashed   22661 blog posts   21080 correct pred (67% accurate)
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18047 Santragachii Vasco Da Gama Amaravati Exp arriving Vizianagaram Jn, ECoR Flat 2 hrs behind schedule... The train was delayed due to water logging in Tikiapara Dasnagar yard of SER KGP Div & was running 2 SL coaches short.
  
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Sep 15 2016 (10:38AM)   18047/Amaravati Express (PT) | LIM/Sonalium (1 PFs)

Pained to know Boeing 777 landcrashed   22661 blog posts   21080 correct pred (67% accurate)
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The majestic Doodhsagar Waterfalls in the Braganza Ghat Section of South Western Rlys Hubbali Divsn. Immediate doubling is reqd as I've witnessed heavu freight traffic in this part,also not much wildlife & elephants corridor in this route so environment clearance shouldn't be much of a problem.
Undoubtedly the most scenic route in Indian Rlys followed by SGUJ APDJ section 😜😜

  

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Sep 15 2016 (1:16PM)
24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~   5901 blog posts   609 correct pred (66% accurate)
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Doubling works going on from Hospet to Tinaghat as a part of Hospet Vasco track doubling.
Recently some newspapers in Goa also mentioned that works will be started soon in Goan parts too.

  
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Sep 16 2016 (8:43AM)
BusyBusyBusy   890 blog posts
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nice pic of the DUDHSAGAR !!!
  
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Sep 12 2016 (8:24PM)   18047/Amaravati Express (PT) | CLKA/Chilka (3 PFs)

Pained to know Boeing 777 landcrashed   22661 blog posts   21080 correct pred (67% accurate)
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Enjoy Howrah Vasco Da Gama Amaravathi Exp negotiating huge curve beside the gorgeous Chilika Lake in Ganjam Distt,Odisha whixh is in its full glory post monsoon...

  
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Sep 12 2016 (8:29PM)
Afraaz Suhail 🚂🚄🚅~   3375 blog posts   562 correct pred (87% accurate)
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Lake famous for its dolphins

  
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Sep 13 2016 (8:40PM)
Pakistan Gets befitting Reply~   2484 blog posts
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Scenic Beauty...Great Video.

  
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Sep 14 2016 (1:24PM)
24 COACH AMARAVATI EXPRESS DREAM NEVER COME TRUE ~   5901 blog posts   609 correct pred (66% accurate)
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One of my most favorite trains passing through one of the most scenic beauty on its route.
  
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confirm: 9
rac: 0
wl: 1
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Journey: Sun Oct 30, 2016 @ 07:10
Class: AC 3-tier - 3A   |   Tot Seats: Avbl 6
Travel: VSG/Vasco-da-Gama   to   BZA/Vijayawada Junction   |   890 km / 2121 km
18048/Amaravati Express

PNR: 463-xxxxxxx (E-Ticket)   |   Similar PNRs
Entry# 1964987        
Posted Status as of: Aug 17 2016 (8:59AM)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,33,GN)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,34,GN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 27 (Booking Status: W/L 30,GNWL)
Passenger 4: Waitlist# 28 (Booking Status: W/L 31,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4780
Chart NOT Prepared
Please analyze this PNR, and predict the final Charting Status. Thanks.

Latest Status as of: Sep 28 2016 (12:24PM) 
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,33,GN)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,34,GN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 13 (Booking Status: W/L 30,GNWL)
Passenger 4: Waitlist# 14 (Booking Status: W/L 31,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4780
Chart NOT Prepared

Show Full PNR Status History (5 statuses)
Status as of: Sep 28 2016 (12:24PM)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,33,GN)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,34,GN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 13 (Booking Status: W/L 30,GNWL)
Passenger 4: Waitlist# 14 (Booking Status: W/L 31,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4780
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Status as of: Sep 15 2016 (5:47PM)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,33,GN)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,34,GN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 22 (Booking Status: W/L 30,GNWL)
Passenger 4: Waitlist# 23 (Booking Status: W/L 31,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4780
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Aug 28 2016 (8:14AM)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,33,GN)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,34,GN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 24 (Booking Status: W/L 30,GNWL)
Passenger 4: Waitlist# 25 (Booking Status: W/L 31,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4780
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Aug 24 2016 (4:15PM)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,33,GN)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,34,GN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 25 (Booking Status: W/L 30,GNWL)
Passenger 4: Waitlist# 26 (Booking Status: W/L 31,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4780
Chart NOT Prepared

Status as of: Aug 17 2016 (8:59AM)
Passenger 1: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,33,GN)
Passenger 2: Confirmed (Booking Status: B2,34,GN)
Passenger 3: Waitlist# 27 (Booking Status: W/L 30,GNWL)
Passenger 4: Waitlist# 28 (Booking Status: W/L 31,GNWL)
Total Fare:  4780
Chart NOT Prepared


Predictions

confirmAug 17 2016 (9:09AM)🚂Yuva Rahul🚃युवा र...1 corr (100% acc)
confirmAug 17 2016 (10:20AM)Колкаті Мумбаї Індія 69 corr (71% acc)
confirmAug 17 2016 (10:33AM)shrikediatravels9 corr (69% acc)
confirmAug 17 2016 (1:54PM)Kakinada City2 corr (100% acc)
confirmSep 12 2016 (8:15PM)पूर्व मध्य रेलवे~ 
confirmSep 12 2016 (8:26PM)टाटानगर लोकमान्य तिल... 11 corr (73% acc)
wlSep 12 2016 (8:27PM)Chaitanya9 corr (69% acc)
confirmSep 12 2016 (8:33PM)Sushrutha HS 
confirmSep 12 2016 (8:57PM)VEN51 32 corr (71% acc)
confirmSep 28 2016 (12:24PM)arundas2004 

  
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Sep 12 2016 (8:10PM)
arundas2004   8 blog posts   159 correct pred (75% accurate)
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After confirmed pgr next pgr is wl 30 instead of wl 1 or Rac 1. How it is possible ?
  
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Sep 09 2016 (5:32PM)   22134/Yesvantpur - Solapur SF Express | YPR/Yesvantpur Junction (6 PFs) | PUNE/WDM-3D/11347

LHB for TN Express~   759 blog posts   178 correct pred (72% accurate)
Entry# 1986084            Tags   Past Edits
Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Kulem/QLM added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Caranzol/CRZ added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Sonalium/LIM added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Dudh Sagar Water Falls/DWF added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Dudh Sagar/DDS added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Kulem/QLM added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Castle Rock/CLR added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Londa Junction/LD added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Tinai Ghat/TGT added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Tavargatti/TVG added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Alnavar Junction/LWR added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Hubballi Junction (Hubli)/UBL added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Gadag Junction/GDG added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Guntakal Junction/GTL added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Kalluru Junction/KLU added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Rajanukunte/RNN added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Yelahanka Junction/YNK added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: Yesvantpur Junction/YPR added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Station Tag: KSR Bengaluru City Junction (Bangalore)/SBC added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Dadar - Madgaon Jan Shatabdi Express/12051 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Vasco Da Gama - KSR Bengaluru Goa Link Express/Slip/02779 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Goa Express/12779 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin - Thiruvananthapuram Central Rajdhani Express/12432 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Mangaluru Central - Madgaon Intercity Express/22636 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Madgaon - Mangaluru Central Passenger/56641 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Vasco-Da-Gama - Kulem Passenger/56964 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Vasco-Da-Gama - Velankanni Weekly Express/17315 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Chalukya Express/11005 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Mumbai LTT - Hubballi Express (via Belagavi)/17318 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Secunderabad - Hubballi Express (via Vijayapura)/17320 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Chikjajur - Hubballi Passenger/56915 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Hubballi Ballari Passenger/51412 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Chennai Egmore - Kacheguda Express/17651 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Haripriya Express/17415 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Amaravati Express/18047 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Kacheguda - Vasco Da Gama Express/17603-Slip2 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Prashanti Nilayam Express/17603 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Solapur - Yesvantpur SF Express/22133 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin - KSR Bengaluru City Rajdhani Express/22692 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Gorakhpur-Yesvantpur SF Express/12591 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Mumbai LTT - Coimbatore (Kurla) Express/11013 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Shivamogga - KSR Bengaluru Link Passenger/56918 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Hubballi - KSR Bengaluru passenger/56914 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express (Via Kacheguda)/12650 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Karnataka Sampark Kranti Express (Via Kacheguda)/12649 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Yesvantpur - Kannur (via Salem) Express/16527 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Yesvantpur - Howrah SF Express/12864 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Yesvantpur-Kochuveli Garib Rath Express/12257 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: KSR Bengaluru City - Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Rajdhani Express/22691 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:46PM)
Train Tag: Hampi Express/16592 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629

Sep 09 2016 (5:32PM)
Loco Tag: PUNE/WDM-3D/11347 added by LHB for TN Express~/621629
17 CHAPTERS OF MY CIRCULAR JOURNEY
1. PLANNING, RE-PLANNING; RE-RE-PLANNING and so on.......
“When it comes to planning and executing a trip, you tend to do it well”; one well-wisher of mine said, I agree with that to some extent. With a list of places is in mind, all available options are explored, all permutations and combinations calculated; and finally according to the convenience of the travellers, the plan is readied. Yes, I can do that much; It is the execution that fails horribly sometimes. My friends Sriram and Sri listed out many options,
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exploring the Malabar Coast from Mangalore to Shoranur, moving along the Akola-Khandwa-Mhow line, a re-visit to the MG sections of Saurashtra; before finally zeroing in on a simple Bangalore – Dudhsagar – Goa – Mandovi – Mumbai – back home trip. Well, that was simple enough. What remained to be seen was how and to what extent successful, this trip was going to be.
2. BOOKING OF TICKETS
After a prolonged debate, when the dates were finally decided; booking of tickets turned out to be a little more than just easy. “Dei I will board Rani Chennamma and join you guys in UBL da”, my protests fell into deaf ears. My friends were adamant that we should travel together right from Guntakal, where we were to board the Slip portion of the Amaravati Express. They couldn’t come to Bangalore; one of them had an exam that morning; I couldn’t go to Chennai; it was my mother’s birthday. After much debate and discussion; the tickets were finally booked and we all were ready to leave on one fine Sunday of June.
3. THE JINX STRIKES; Again......
After having spent a wonderful day with my mother; I prepared to leave for Yeshvantpur, the jinxed station as my mother would time and again call it; just to tease me. To be on the safer side, I left from home a good three hours ahead of my train’s scheduled departure time. The usual changeover of buses was done at Majestic bus station, just outside SBC. I was even contemplating taking any available train from SBC to YPR. But all options had departed already. Green Line Metro, why you no reach SBC yet??? After entering Yeshvantpur from Tumkur road entrance at 19:30, bought a water bottle from the nearest stall, and comfortably forgot the bottle there itself. Realization dawned on me nearly 40minutes later; when thirst parched my throat and I was on pf1. Well, one could argue that I could have walked back and claimed the bottle which I had paid for; lack of interest struck me just then. I simply bought another bottle and let the station atmosphere sync in; just to distract myself. The Jinx had struck and it was just about the beginning.....
4. THE FIRST LEG OF THE JOURNEY
Within minutes of my reaching YPR, the daily Superfast Express bound for Howrah departed behind a relatively new WAP7 from LGD shed – 30452. The entire station was bustling with activity. Barring pf5, all other platforms were busy for the next hour or so. The rake of the Delhi bound KSK was shunted into pf6 at quarter past 8; while its counterpart pulled into pf4 about 20mins later. The Kannur bound express departed from pf2 at 20:00hrs sharp, led by a WDM3D from Erode. My ride till Guntakal, the Solapur Superfast Express was waiting for its starter on pf1 led by a WDM3D from Pune. Meanwhile the clouds decided to open up for a brief period, the station, its occupants, both man& machine – were completely drenched. Bangalore Rajdhani came to an unscheduled halt on pf2 and left. The PC staff could be seen readying themselves to serve Dinner. Just as we were pulling out; the Kochuveli bound Garibrath was shunted into pf3 – 2mins before its scheduled departure time.
20:58 – The Journey Starts.
5. SLEEPLESS NIGHTS & MOSQUITO BITES – Guntakal Junction.
After getting down at Guntakal at 01:40hrs, loss of sleep for an additional 2hours was warranted. I set the alarm for 01:00hrs and successfully managed to get up 15mins ahead of it. How I manage to do so while travelling on trains, is something which I haven’t been able to figure out as yet. There were three crossings between Kalluru and Guntakal; Mysuru bound Hampi Express led by a UBL WDP4; Bangalore bound SBC Raj led by a KJM WDP4D& the Gorakhpur Yeshvantpur Superfast led by MLY WDM3A twins. The run between Kalluru Jn and Guntakal Jn. was dull. We had accumulated a delay of 30mins while pulling into Guntakal pf2. Our counterpart was waiting for us on pf1 led by a WDG3A from Pune. By then, my friends had confirmed that their Egmore – Kacheguda express had reached Gooty on time, and they had boarded the Haripriya express for the short ride to Guntakal. Tired, weary, eyes ready to shut at any instant; I somehow pulled myself from pf2 to the waiting area at GY end of pf4. That wait before my connecting train arrived seemed like eternity.
6. SLUMBER IN THE YARD – A First time experience.
The funda of the Slip portion of Amaravati Express became clear that day. Co-incidentally, the train my friends were in; and our ride to Goa arrived simultaneously. AJJ WAP1 hauled Haripriya Express and GY WDP4D hauled Kacheguda Yeshvantpur Express pulled into pf4& pf5 respectively at exactly 03:30hrs. Thankfully two of them had managed to scamper all the way from the S3 coach they had boarded at BAY end to our B3 at GY end. 3 coaches come attached with the Kacheguda Yeshvantpur Express, an SL, a 3AC& an SLR; these got uncoupled at Guntakal and were shunted to the Yard, where they took rest for the next 1hour; while their carrier rake – Amaravati Express from Howrah was on its way. Quite a few people; well aware of this routine perhaps, scampered into the Coaches before it got shunted away to adjacent line in the yard by a GTL WDM3D. 15mins is all the staff at Guntakal had to complete the procedure of removing the slip coaches, and coupling the KJM EMD for the further run upto YPR. And they did manage it quite efficiently that day. No sooner had our coaches been shunted into the yard; the KJM EMD was coupled and in a few minutes the Yeshvantpur Express was on its way. Barring a couple requesting us to give a berth till Bellary; there were no more hassles that night. The last thing I remember seeing was a pair of GY WDG3A baldies pulling into pf3 with our train to Goa; the Amaravati Express. It had arrived bang on time. Our coaches were shunted out almost immediately; and after getting coupled to the main rake, we were on our way.
7. HUBLI DIVISON; Late Breakfast, Early Lunch and Delayed Amaravati.
When I finally woke up from my slumber and went to freshen up; we were dashing past the barren black soil fields of Ballari – Hubli section. Doubling was done in patches. Twin EMD hauled Coal rakes made their presence felt every now and then, this is one section which is overloaded with EMDs of the Goods kind; ALCos were either restricted to Passenger duty or once in a blue moon would be spotted at the helm of freights. Quite a few passengers crossed us that day; but the most surprising crossing of all was that of the Hubballi – Ballari Passenger. While we were looped into the only platform line for an unscheduled halt in Navalgund road; the Hubballi Ballari Passenger train came to a halt on the mainline with the other loop occupied by a BOXN rake. The localities had already positioned themselves on either side of the mainline, and after a few minutes; both trains headed their respective ways. The rest of the run till Hubballi was a breeze. Overnight, we had somehow accumulated a delay of 50minutes; thus delaying our breakfast to well beyond 9am. Tasty Dosas, Soft Idlis and Crunchy Vadas were on the menu; and some piping hot tea to wash them down completed what we could maybe call a ‘GOOD MORNING’.
Pf3 of the SWR Headquarters was undergoing renovation. As we pulled into pf1; I could see the Bangalore bound fast Passenger depart from pf5 led by a freshly repainted KJM WDG4. SWR has churned out this new livery for its Goods EMDs and it does look strikingly appealing from a distance. During the course of this trip, we spotted a few UBL EMDs as well; in the new dark blue livery. KJM WDP4 was idling on pf2 with the express from the land of Nizams – Secunderabad. After a near 20min halt, as we were pulling out, another passenger entered pf5; led by an ET WDM3D. It was time to move towards the first goal of this trip – Dudhsagar.
8. CURVES and FORESTS; The Picturesque Hubballi – Castlerock line.
Did I forget to mention? Our Lunch order was taken even as we were approaching Hubballi.
“Kahan Deliver hoga bhayya?” Where will it give delivered brother?
‘Sirjee, Londa ke paas de denge’ Sir, we will give it near Londa.
A Breakfast at 09:45hrs; and a lunch at 11:15hrs; either we would sleep the rest of the day, or ajeernam guaranteed. Thankfully neither of it happened. There were only three crossings in the Hubballi Castle Rock stretch; KYN WDG3A led Mumbai LTT Hubballi Express at Dharwad, KJM WDP4 led Chalukya Express at Tavaragatti and KJM WDM3A led Vasco Velankanni Express at Tinaighat. The rest of the route was green enough to just let our spirits sync into the nature. The curves of this route deserve a special mention; mainly because of their surprising appearances. It was the first time all three of us were traversing this route. The faint yet shrill honk of the GY baldie in the lead; the near 90 degree turns to the left and right, time and again; the picturesque landscape; all these things make me recollect my mother’s words
“Indha maadhri edathula veedu katti settle aaganum da” We should build a house& settle down in such a place
Now I understood why; the serenity here in this stretch was really soothing, if there was an unscheduled halt; I could just walk down to any patch of grass, lie down and fall asleep in an instant.
Rakes of the Hubballi Chennai Central Special/Express were parked as far as Alnavar Jn; the under construction line to Dandeli bifurcated from here. Londa arrived; and so did our lunch; the boys ordered Veg Biryani and got Pulav instead. After seeing that I dreaded opening my Veg meals; and my lunch wasn’t any better either. Rice was half cooked; Rasam lacked salt and the buttermilk had more coriander than liquid. The only respite was the Chappati – Subji Combination which were surprisingly tasty amongst the other tasteless dishes. With a heavy heart, I threw away more than half the lunch; one of the few occasions in my life that I had done so willingly.
Londa – Miraj Passenger was waiting in pf1 of Londa Junction with a PUNE WDM3A Pune in charge of the train. We departed after a 4minute halt. The line veering away towards Miraj seemingly climbed an incline as it bifurcated to the right. Or were we descending as we diverted to the left?
9. CASTLEROCK – KULEM; a first time visit to the BRAGANZA Ghats and Dudhsagar
The run upto Castlerock was mesmerizing. The weather was neither sunny nor was it raining heavily. Yet the brightness of the white sky somewhat seemed to blind my vision; and my friends assumed I was frowning due to the delay despite being surrounded a wonderful landscape. The stations of Castlerock and Kulem were home for multiple sets of EMD triplets. We spotted the new blue livery EMDs and the classic Yellow livery EMDs of UBL shed throughout this trip. The descent into the ghats began after a 10min halt at Castlerock. The presence of twin ALCos meant no brakers for our Amaravati Express. The baldie gave a shrill but long honk announcing the beginning of the descent. The monsoon rains brought out the best greenery in the surrounding; Green of every imaginable shade could be spotted. The dried leaves, which on any other day would have been swept away in our big and noisy cities added to the attraction here in Braganza. The descent was restricted to a cautious 30kmph speed throughout. Every possible device which can take a photograph was out; every door and window occupied.
Post the infamous ban on alighting at the Dudhsagar; the passers-by had to contend themselves to clicking from a moving train. Trekking was a strict no-no; although I did see some DSLR wielding youngsters at Caranzol and Sonalium. Anyways, the train twisted and turned as it descended nearly 1700 feet over a span of 28kms, the adrenaline kicked in real good; my only disappointment was not spotting the Dudhsagar in its true element; gushing down at full force. Once we crossed Dudhsagar station, the excitement notched up a bit; and after crossing the penultimate tunnel, the train curved to the right. The screams inside the tunnel gave way to the ‘Oooo’s and the ‘Aaaah’s; age irrespective; almost all were gawking at the falls; aptly named the ‘Ocean of Milk’. The fall was quite deep; the view was fantastic; Mission Dudhsagar accomplished. After crossing the viewpoint, the three of us were the only people at the door. The rest of the crowd went back in; “Arre, ab kya rakha hai dekhne ke liye?” grumbled a few as they went in.
‘Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost’. I mumbled to myself...
To be continued.....

  
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Sep 09 2016 (6:34PM)
sbc15~   534 blog posts   224 correct pred (65% accurate)
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Jus saw Dudhsagar , thanks to ur write up :)
  
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Atleast in 3places in ECoR & SCR during my journey Ive noticed that LHS 🚧 was almost on its way & even hydraulic cranes were ready to lift the RCC blocks.So I felt it was a miraculous escape for me as upprooting tracks & installing LHS is atleast a 6 hrs affair in NFR but hats off to ECoR& SCR they're doing it almoat w/o any disruption & not taking any power /traffic block.. My respect for SSE, P. Way increased even more.

  
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So ab kaha ho bhai aap ?

  
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